Delegates at EPMA's 2019 Functional Materials seminar

Delegates at EPMA's 2019 Functional Materials seminar

Applications of Powder Based Functional Materials

Functional materials can be defined in different ways. Typically, they make use of a distinct physical property other than bearing load. Examples of such properties are the magnetic, electrical, optical, biomedical, chemical, rheological or thermal ones, along with their combinations. They may also enable specific manufacturing processes in the form of temporary agents, due to their chemical, rheological or other physical characteristics.

The demand of non-structural components is growing in sectors such as transport (e.g. batteries, electric motors, fuel cells), industry (e.g. sensors, actuators), electronics (e.g. heat sinks, solder pastes, capacitors, integrated circuits, data storage devices, optoelectronic components, transmitters and receivers), energy (e.g. generators, transformers, magnetocaloric blocks, thermoelectric devices) healthcare (e.g. biocompatible coatings, implants) and many others using similar devices (e.g. defence, consumer goods). Moreover, new applications are emerging because of the demand to integrate several functionalities in a single component.

Powder technologies - encompassing powder production, shaping, consolidation and post-consolidation processes - are at the origin of many functional devices. The growing understanding of powder-based processes has increased the ability to implement functionality into components, making functional materials an important part in current applications and future developments. These ones offer a new opportunity of expansion to the Powder Metallurgy (PM) sector.

Aware of these emerging applications, EPMA is organizing since 2018 a seminar on functional materials to support the PM community with up-to-day technical information. The first seminar (April 2018, Jülich, Germany) focused on the functional PM components for the electric car. The second one (April 2019, Bremen, Germany) reviewed the PM processing technologies applied to functional materials. The 2020 seminar will be devoted to “Applications of powder based Functional Materials”. Originally planned in San Sebastián, Spain, for March 2020, and later rescheduled for the present dates of November, due to the persistence of the travel difficulties originated by the COVID-19 pandemic, EPMA has decided to transform it into a virtual event, hosted in a webinar platform, with the same high level programme prepared for the in-person event.

A panel of experts will present examples of actual and future applications of PM functional components, explaining the key requirement to provide the functionality, as well as covering the fabrication, structure and properties of the material/component. Attending to the application sector, presentations have been divided in four major categories:

  • Functional PM materials in transportation applications
  • Functional PM materials in energy applications
  • Functional PM materials in medical applications
  • Functional PM materials in other applications

Fees (VAT may apply)


EPMA Members (paid up) / End Users* / Universities: €450
Non-Members: €675
Unemployed (upon receipt of unemployment card): €225

Speaker: €225 (if planning to attend the whole event. Free or charge for one day attendance (presentations' day).

The course fee includes lectures and presentations by high level industrial professionals during two full days, some sessions of Questions&Answers, as well as an access to all the presentations after the seminar.

Registration deadline: 13 November 2020

If you need futher information, please contact Delphine Nicolas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


*End users are defined as: Original Equipment Makers (OEMs), Tier 1, Tier 2 and System Supplier supply chain companies and personnel, who select the PM process to produce the components for their applications (automotive, aerospace, medical energy machinery, etc. ), but generally do not produce PM parts themselves.

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